The general principle with bees is to leave them alone and there are only a few instances where action may be required.
We have high ethical and environmental values, therefore we will advise on the most appropriate course of action taking into account all environmental, practical and health & safety issues.
Honey Bee Swarms
These can be collected and looked after by a bee keeper. To find a local swarm collector go to: www.bbka.org.uk
Honey Bees In The Building structure
We will assess the situation to determine the appropriate course of action.
Bees can occasionally be collected from within structures, though it usually involves building works.
If bees are entering the living space it is sometimes possible to seal up holes. This will allow their colony to continue without interfering with the household.
If the bees are presenting a risk to health & safety, it may be appropriate to destroy the colony.
If destruction of the colony is necessary, one or more of the following actions are also required to ensure other colonies are not harmed as a result of this work:
- Sanitise the area to neutralise the pheromone (smell) left by the bees
- Block up entry points to prevent other foraging bees accessing residual insecticides
- Removal of the colony debris: bees wax comb, honey stores, etc
We will ensure the requirements of ‘The Pest Management Alliance Code of Practice: Relating to the Control of Feral Honey Bees’ are fully met.
We will give advice on resolving bumble bee issues. Invariably we will advise that no action is necessary, due to the insignificant risk presented by bumble bees.
We may relocate a colony where this is possible. Occasionally it may be necessary to destroy a colony.
Masonry or Mortar Bees
If there is a serious problem with these bees in a wall, an insecticidal treatment can be applied. However, low numbers do not generally warrant any action. We will always give advice on the risk and the options available.